These following pages cover ideas for the updating of the Discogs label and catalog number scheme, in order to develop these fields into a more universal and versatile system. The advantages of these updates are users will be able to enter more information directly from the release to defined fields, therefore making the data entry easier and more accurate.
A part of the existing problem is the term 'Label' is too defined. Whereas the term 'Artist' can reasonably be expanded to producers and other people involved in a recording, the term 'Label' doesn't fit with companies or other entities listed on releases.
Whilst it probably wasn't expected that this information would need to be added to the data at the beginning of the site, development of the site into more 'major' label oriented releases, as well as general discussion about how to enter information, has lead us to the realization that inputting this info directly from release to database will allow us a more flexible, easy to use, and accurate system.
It is hard to come up with an overall term for the new concept. We are looking at something that could be a brand, a business, or a series - basically a name - but excluding artists. I have been calling the concept 'Entity' up till now, and although I don't find that very enlightening, I haven't come across a better one, so I'll stick to Entity in the following documents.